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Resisting The Devil

James 4:7,Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”


Regardless if you are a believer or not, everyone falls into temptations. Those of the world will often give in to those temptations. Then there are those who have chosen a life of following Christ, who try to resist temptations and walk straight. Though all too often, even they can become snared.


1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.


THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Matthew 4:1-10: Knowing Christ was very hungry after fasting for 40 days, he first tempted him by trying to get him to prove his deity. He said, “If you be the Son of God, command these stones to be made bread.”


Yeshua responded with the written word, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”


Again, he was tempted when the devil took him up into the holy city, and sat him on the pinnacle of the temple. The tempter said to him, “If you be the Son of God, then cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.

Yeshua responded, “It is written, you shall not tempt the Lord, your God.”


The devil came at him, yet a third time, and took him into an exceedingly high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of all of them. He then set the deal before Yeshua, “All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.


Yeshua replied, “Get you away, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you worship.”


Matthew 4:11,Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”


THE BATTLE OF TEMPTATION

From the temptation of Christ, we can begin to see the character of Satan. How many of us have been tempted with sin through the act of feeling the need to prove something?


Take note, how after Christ used the written word during the first temptation, that Satan easily adjusted his game plan to mirror Yeshua's. When he tempted him the second time, Satan also used scripture to justify why Christ throwing himself down would keep him within the protection of God.


How many have gone some place that they should not have gone, and you knew before hand that it was not a place you should go? How many have done something that you knew you should not do, but because someone quoted you a scripture of God's protection, you did it anyway? When what you should have been doing is quoting the scripture of how we should not tempt God!


Lastly, Satan tried to tempt Yeshua through fleshly desires of worldly power and riches.

How many famous people have we heard that have fallen prey to this snare? They bowed their knee to Satan, in exchange for fame and riches.


Brothers and Sisters, what I am trying to show you is that Satan's game plan has not changed. He still traps people by the same deceptions that he tempted Christ with. By recognizing this, we can prepare a more strategic plan in battling him, and it all starts with us knowing the word of God.


The Bible is not a book that you read through once or twice, and then think that you have it down. Unless you can memorize it from beginning to end, then you don't know it as well as you should. The Bible is not only God's Holy word, it is our SWORD!!! You need to keep it sharpened through daily reading.


BE READY

Be prepared for battle. We never know when Satan will strike or what measures, obstacles, people, or circumstances that he may use to try and trap us in darkness. Christ had to resist Satan three times before he left. Don't think telling him no one time is good enough. Expect the battle and be ready.


1 Corinthians 10:13, “ No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.





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